THE WINNERS! #TuesdayBookBlog #RBRT Bookreview team presents: The Gold & Silver 2016 Book Awards

The Winners!#RBRT Rosie’s Book Review Team presents: The Gold & Silver Rose Awards 2016

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*Cough* … On behalf of my team, I’m delighted to announce the winners and runners-up in the #RBRT 2016 book awards!

Books were selected from the several hundred submitted to our team for review over the past year, with the 24 finalists voted for by the reviewing team. These finalists were then offered up to the public for voting. Congratulations to the 8 winners and runners up!

A click of the book’s title will take you to Goodreads, where you can see reviews, and also leads to the Amazon, etc, buy links.

 

Fantasy / SciFi/ Horror

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Winner: The Prince’s Man by Deborah Jay

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Runner-up: Passing Notes by D G Driver

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Historical Fiction

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Winner: The Elizabeth Papers by Jenetta James

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Runner-Up: Back Home by Tom Williams

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Mystery Thriller

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Winner: On Lucky Shores by Kerry J Donovan

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Runner-Up: Rack & Ruin (previously titled Murder & Mayhem) by Carol Hedges

Contemporary

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Winner: The Disobedient Wife by Annika M Stanley

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Runner-Up: Scotch On The Rocks by Lizzie Lamb

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Congratulations to all the following finalists:

The Black Orchid by Celine Jean-Jean

Blood Of The Sixth by K R Rowe

Flesh by Dylan J Morgan

The Final Virus by Carol Hedges

La Petite Boulain by G Lawrence

When Doves Fly by Lauren Gregory

Jasper by Tony Riches

The Code For Killing by William Savage

Trust Me I Lie by Louise Marley

Wings Of Mayhem by Sue Coletta

Murder at the Lighthouse by Frances Evesham

Trust Me by Earl Javorsky

What Jennifer Knows by Wendy Janes

The Bad Girl by L Donsky-Levine

Silent Water by Jan Ruth

The Brazilian Husband by Rebecca Powell

Rosie’s #BookReview Team #RBRT THE PRINCE’S MAN by @DeborahJay2 #Fantasy #wwwblogs

Today’s team book review is from Crystin, she blogs at http://crystinlgoodwin.wordpress.com/posts/

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Crystin has been reading and reviewing The Prince’s Man by Deborah Jay

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Rustam Chalice is one of the best players in the political game that permeates Tyr-en society. A simple Dance Master, he uses his good looks and charm to ferret out vital information and state secrets from the ladies of nobility, letting his pretty face hide the competent swordsman and ruthless spy underneath. When the stability of the monarchy is threatened, the kingdom’s spymaster sends Rustam undercover with Lady Risada: a beautiful yet deadly assassin who despises him. Their mission reveals a dark plot to throw the realm into civil war, and they flee over treacherous mountains in search for help: their only bargaining chip a sick elf who might not last the journey …

I enjoyed this book – particularly the gorgeous detail that painted a beautiful picture of the world without slowing down the pace of the story. There are several areas where the description simply blew me away, like the world of Shiva. Ooh, so pretty. Some of the characters were also incredibly well done: I loved Rustam and his character progression throughout the book, and I adored Elwaes. However, I did have a few minor issues with the (numerous) plot twists. Some felt a tad too convenient, while others were simply confusing. I’m still not sure who, exactly, the silver eyes belong to. I also have reservations about the ending: fans who’ve followed my book reviews in the past know that I’m a huge fan of the ‘happily ever after’ and this book didn’t end with my idea of a HEA. However, since it’s the first book in a trilogy, I’ll reserve my judgement until I’ve read the sequel. And I’m definitely going to be reading the sequel.

I recommend this book to fans of epic high fantasy, or to anyone who loves political intrigue. There are even some dark grisly spots, so readers who enjoy horror and suspense could be pleasantly surprised.

I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. I discovered this book because I’m a proud member of Rosie’s Book Review Team!

Find a copy here from Amazon.co.uk or Amazon.com

OUR #Bookreviews in February FLEET LIFE Magazine #TuesdayBookBlog

Once again we have a book review page in this month’s Fleet Life Magazine

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To find the online edition go to http://www.fleetlife.org.uk

Load the online directory and fins us on page 34

This month we are giving a shout-out to the following books;

Nagasaki; Life After Nuclear War by Susan Southard

Cry Of The Sea by D.G Driver

From Yellow Star To Pop Star by Dorit Oliver-Wolff

What Jenifer Knows by Wendy Janes

and The Prince’s Man by Deborah Jay

Rosie’s #BookReview Team #RBRT THE PRINCE’S MAN by @DeborahJay2 #Fantasy #SundayBlogShare

Today’s team review comes from Jessie, she blogs at http://behindthewillows.com

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Jessie has been reading and reviewing The Prince’s Man by Deborah Jay

Solid.

This book was solid.

Solid in the sense that it was, and I quote from dictionary.comhaving relative firmness, coherence of particles, or persistence of form, as matter that is not liquid or gaseous.

This newly created world is firm, there are no gaps or jumps of reasoning. One creature, idea, magic or bit of history flows right into the next. Characters that appear substantial at the beginning of the book do nothing but grow and evolve as their backstory unfolds behind them.

This is solidly written fantasy tale.

It was also solid in the, and now I quote form urban dictionary, cool or awesome aspect.  .

In this land people play a deadly game that involves lots of spying. Of course along with spying goes the lying. And that’s where the awesome part came in because more than once, just as the main character figured out some sort of mystery, I figured it out too!

Not way ahead of time so that I spent my time reading thinking, “Oh come on! It’s so obvious why haven’t you got that figured out yet!” Or one of those stories where they tell you the big reveal and you think, ” Well there is no way I could have ever figured that out.”

But at the same time!

That’s not only a really cool feeling as a reader but really awesome writing from an author!

Would I recommend it? If you are a fantasy fan put this one on your to read list. There is more of this story yet to tell and I’ll be lined up to read the next one when it comes out!

Also by Deborah Jay: Desprite Measures (Which is, I suspect, why the water sprite was extra… rambunctious…)

I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. I discovered this book because I’m a proud member of Rosie’s Book Review Team!

Find a copy here from Amazon.co.uk or Amazon.com

January 2015 Issues of Fleet Life & EHD book reviews

Here are the books which made it to the January Issues of the magazines that I write reviews for.

Between them they have around 8000 paper copies and unlimited on-line access.

Fleet Life http://www.fleetlife.org.uk, go to the on-line directory, load the document and turn to page 12 for this months reviews of;

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Moscow Bound by Adrian Churchward

Inkker Hauser Part 1 Rum Hijack by Phil Conquest

Touched To The Heart by Elsa Winckler

Degrees Of Losing by Shan Purcell

and Cinema Lumiere by Hattie Holden Edmonds.

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Elvetham Heath Directory. http://www.ehd.org.uk. Click on the online directory, load and find my reviews on page 8 this month.

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A Place In The World by Cinda Mackinnon

Flirting With Love by Melissa Foster

Ryan’s Legend by L.F. Young

We That Are Left by Juliet Greenwood

Desprite Measures by Deborah Jay

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Rosie’s Book review Team #RBRT Jessie reviews Desprite Measures by Deborah Jay

Today’s book review is from Jessie, she blogs at http://behindthewillows.com

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Jessie chose to read and review Desprite Measures by Deborah Jay

First things first.

There is a vampire in this book and he can’t tolerate the sunlight.

I like to get these kind of facts in the open right away so that if you are like my husband you will at least consent to hear about the rest book. Some people, are so touchy about these things. I mean seriously, what’s wrong with a little sparkle now and then?

But I digress.

Vampires, elementals, witches, fey… There are loads of creatures in this book living alongside humans in the Scottish Highlands – which is the best part of the book. Not just that they exist, but that they do so with a fairly well thought out strategy of how the creatures live aside humans and why they act the way they do. Fantastic for people like my vampire persnickety husband who can then just enjoy the story without shaking their heads too much over the technicalities. Even better, the author fits that information into the writing smoothly enough that the book doesn’t bog itself down with the details. Well some of the details. Apparently elementals need DNA to support a human guise and sometimes a girls gotta do what a girls gotta do in order to get some… DNA…

Would I recommend it?  This book is good! It’s quick and fun, with a well written, solid plot. If I weren’t warming my toes by the fire and battened down for cold weather I’d call this a perfect beach read!

Be warned, if you search for this book search engines everywhere will try hard to convince you that you mean “desperate measures” don’t believe them!

 Find a copy here from Amazon.co.uk or Amazon.com

This honest review was given in return for a free copy of the book from its author.

Desprite Measures by Deborah Jay

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My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Desprite Measures has a terrific book cover for a start. This is a fantasy tale set in Scotland. Cassie is a water sprite an immortal element who has chosen to form a human existence in the last few hundred years. She enjoys the interaction with humans and they in turn help her exist.

We first meet her trapped in a dangerous and confusing situation in the hands of a magician, using her relationship with water she saves the situation and makes a lucky escape, but finds herself and her friends are in danger as the magician pursues them and their energies.

The first half of the book built up slowly, introducing us to the characters and teasing us with hints of what was to come. For me the book took off in the second half with lots of action. I liked the different witches and their covens. Gloria and Alistair both had great roles and I really enjoyed the astral plane and my own imagination filled in unanswered questions at the end as to who Michael could have been.

A fun slow burner with potential for a sequel.

Find a copy here from Amazon.co.uk or Amazon.com

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Rosie’s Book Review Team #RBRT Leiah reviews Desprite Measures by Deborah Jay

Today’s book review comes from team member Leiah, she blogs at soireadthisbooktoday.com

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Leiah has read and reviewed Desprite Measures by Deborah Jay.

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Desprite Measures. Yes, that really is “Desprite” – it will make sense when you read the book. I am always positive when I start a new book. It is very much like entering a brand new world. A world of wonder and learning and exploration. Sometimes I am lucky, and the book is everything I hoped it would be. Sometimes – not so very much.

In this case I found another of the worlds I very much enjoyed visiting. As anyone who has read my reviews knows, I want to be able to put myself in the place of the characters in the books I enjoy. Books should take you to another world, allowing you to see, hear, and feel what the characters are. And that was quite easy with Desprite, on many levels. The main character, Cassie, portrays, as odd as it may sound, an evolution of the soul. A Water Sprite, Cassie is a creature of the Earth, a true spirit of the lifeblood of the world, of the lochs and deep waters of the Scottish Highlands.

As with all my favourite stories, the secondary characters are nearly as interesting as Cassie. Though presented with fully formed back stories, they still develop throughout the story in ways both fascinating and, in some cases, heart-breaking. She has lived since the beginning of time on Earth, a free spirit of the waters. But now, she has begun to change. . .There is heartbreak in this book, the heartbreak of what we have done to this beautiful jewel of a world we live upon. The filth that we throw into the water, the land and the air, destroying the beauty all around. Its effects upon the world of the spirit is beautifully drawn and heartrending. How far will the good hearted go to try to correct the issues . . . and how far into the darkness? And how crushing must it be, to watch the world you knew when it was young slowly overwhelmed?

Desprite Measures is most definitely an Urban Fantasy, with all the myriad characters such implies. However, Ms. Jay goes deeper and wider than your everyday UF. She touches on real issues we are all facing today. And she does it in a way that weaves believably into her story. There are good guys and bad guys, and sometimes, the good and bad blend and meld in ways that make you wonder – where do the lines cross?

Relationships, beliefs, environmental and ecological questions. If you like UF with a lot of action and adventure, fascinating personal relationships, and quirky characters, this is the beginning of a series with tremendous potential, a bright new star in the firmament of the Urban Fantasy world!

Find a copy of this book here from Amazon.co.uk or Amazon.com